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September 3, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) today sent a letter to Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev) regarding Reid’s criticism of Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld’s speech this week to the American Legion in Salt Lake City. Following is a copy of Inhofe’s letter. Senator Inhofe’s Letter: Dear Senator Reid: I read comments attributed to you criticizing Secretary Rumsfeld's recent speech to the American Legion in Salt Lake City. His speech appears to have struck... Continue Reading »


August 18, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) today announced he will introduce legislation to defend Americans’ right to own and enjoy private property without the threat of federally funded eminent domain seizures. Inhofe plans to introduce this landmark legislation when the Senate returns to session in two weeks. Sen. Inhofe’s Statement: “I believe in the right to own private property, and I believe in the right to enjoy it and not be harassed, especially by... Continue Reading »

English as the National Language Senate Floor

August 3, 2006

  Mr. President, there are many things we take for granted that have made our Nation prosperous. The Founding Fathers spent their lives seeking to create a United States of America that could survive against the great powers of England, France, and Spain.    These men knew that America had at least one advantage over the European powers: size. President Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase of 1803 effectively doubled the size of the United States and provided a means by which... Continue Reading »

Jerome Holmes Nomination Senate Floor Statment

July 25, 2006

   Mr. President, first, let me thank the junior Senator from Oklahoma for the time he spent on the floor and the time he spent defending this man, not that he should ever need any type of defense against some of the accusations. I didn't realize that there is an article referred to where he stated: There are other ways to get minority students on college campuses besides handing out benefits based solely on skin color.    I am proud of it. I am also proud of the fact... Continue Reading »


July 24, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) recently introduced legislation allowing Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) under Medicare in an effort to provide seniors with added flexibility and choice in selecting healthcare options. Inhofe’s landmark legislation, known as the Medicare Health Savings Account Bill (S.3697), would, for the first time, provide America’s Medicare seniors the same benefits of consumer directed health plans that many Americans now enjoy... Continue Reading »

Speech at the Army's 231st Birthday Celebration

June 15, 2006

Thank you for the opportunity to speak on such a momentous occasion. I am especially privileged because I was once in your ranks myself. I would not be a US Senator today if I did not have the virtues that the Army instilled in me.   Today I am honored to celebrate the brave soldiers of the United States Army that continue to serve our nation in peace and in war. They have given more than anyone to the cause of freedom. Because of the quality of men and women that make up the United States... Continue Reading »


June 8, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today made the following statement regarding the death of terrorist Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi: “Today’s news is a tremendous shot in the arm for both the U.S. Military and the Iraqi Security Forces. This terrorist was responsible for the murder of hundreds of American soldiers and indeed thousands of Iraqi citizens. “This accomplishment serves as a testament to the... Continue Reading »


May 19, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today declared victory in the over two decade fight to secure English as the U.S. national language. Inhofe’s amendment (S.A 4064) was approved today by a supermajority Senate vote (63-34). Inhofe released the following statement after the vote: “Tonight was a victory over twenty years in the making. I am pleased to say that we are now one step closer to securing English as the U.S. national language. Another event... Continue Reading »


May 18, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today, with bipartisan support, introduced his National English Amendment (S.A. 4064) to the Senate Immigration Reform Act (S. 2611) to make English the national language of the United States, except where use of another language is authorized or provided by law. Such exceptions currently include: natural disaster emergency evacuation (i.e. Hurricane Katrina) and a defendant’s right to an interpreter in U.S.... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Floor Statement on English as the National Language

May 18, 2006

Madam President, this is, I believe, a very significant amendment. We have had an opportunity to talk to people who had problems. In addition to making English the national language , we also unify some of the applications in terms of legalized immigrants.   I have had the honor of speaking at naturalization ceremonies. It is a very warm thing to know that these people come in and do it the legal way, the right way; wherein they have to, and they do, learn the language . We have some... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Statement upon the Introduction an Amendment Designating

May 16, 2006

Mr. President, in his speech, the President endorsed the idea that people immigrating to this country should assimilate and learn English .    I will quote from his speech:      ..... We must honor the great American tradition of the melting pot, which has made us one nation out of many peoples. The success of our country depends upon helping newcomers assimilate into society, and embrace our common identity as Americans. Americans are bound together by our... Continue Reading »


May 15, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) tonight released the following statement in response to President Bush’s address to the nation: “Under normal circumstances I would not support assigning the National Guard additional missions. Using the National Guard on the border is a slippery slope. Our guardsmen are already overworked carrying out military operations and while this idea may work as a temporary fix, it will not work in the long run. I reluctantly support... Continue Reading »


May 4, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry (D) and Congressman Dan Boren (D-Okla.) today announced their plan to buyout Tar Creek subsidence area residents and pronounced their support for buying out the entire site. Sen. Inhofe: “With the new facts provided by the recent subsidence report we simply cannot risk the safety of Oklahomans in the Tar Creek area and that is why we are moving forward with this plan. Buying out these residents and... Continue Reading »

Immigration Senate Floor Statement

April 30, 2006

    Mr. President, before the Senator from North Dakota leaves, I have been paying attention to his comments and feel strongly that he has made very good points. I am going to zero in on areas he did not cover. I suspect he will agree with many.    One point is there is an answer to stopping our perforated borders. There is a means of doing it a lot cheaper than people have talked about. And the other point is a requirement for English to be the official language.... Continue Reading »


April 27, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement regarding his vote against an amendment (S.Amdt. 3594) that would take $1.9 billion from the “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense” (H.R. 4939) and apply those funds to border security. Senator Inhofe was one of only three Republicans to vote against this military funding cut. Senator Inhofe released the following statement: “I cannot overstate the importance of... Continue Reading »

AgJobs Senate Floor Statement by U.S.

April 18, 2006

Mr. President, Edmundo Garcia said he had heard that the new Bush immigration plan, which would grant work visas to millions of illegal immigrants inside the United States and to others who can prove they have a job, was `amnesty,' and he wondered why he was arrested.''    He said he would try to cross [the border from Mexico to the U.S. through the Sonoran Desert] again in a few days.    This quote from the New York Times on May 23, 2004, shows just how bad things... Continue Reading »

AgJobs Senate Floor Statement by U.S.

April 13, 2006

Mr. President, I will make this very quick. And I appreciate this very much from the Senators from Maryland and California.     Last summer, I had an intern in my office from Rwanda. I have been active in Rwanda in kind of a mission thing for quite some time. She came to this country 10 years ago after the genocide that was taking place. She went through all the problems in becoming a legal resident. And, of course, she is going to actually become a... Continue Reading »


April 6, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla) today announced that he will vote against the Senate compromise (S.3424) to the Immigration Reform Bill (S.2454) citing his absolute disapproval of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Senator Inhofe today made the following statement: “I have always outlined my position in this debate as follows: I will oppose any program that would shortcut the current naturalization process; I would oppose any program or proposal that rewards... Continue Reading »


April 6, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) is proud to announce the designation of April 8, 2006 as “National Cushing’s Syndrome Awareness Day.” Inhofe’s resolution (S. Res. 423) creating the designation passed the Senate by unanimous consent. Inhofe introduced this resolution to broaden public awareness and show his continued support for those suffering from this disease. “My desire is to see my Oklahoma constituents and all Americans receive... Continue Reading »

Oklahoma Wildfires – FEMA Disaster Assistance Information

April 3, 2006

Public Assistance is provided to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. The incident period for public assistance is December 31, 2005, to March 31, 2006. Every fire department and county in the state should have submitted a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM). The official period to submit an RPA ended on February 21, 2006.... Continue Reading »